Ontario Association of Art Galleries

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) announces that 28 public art galleries in 19 cities across Ontario are nominated for its 37th OAAG Awards.

Communities that are represented in the visual art nominations this year include Barrie, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, Kleinburg, London, Mississauga, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Owen Sound, St. Catharines, Sarnia, Toronto, Waterloo, Whitby, and Windsor.

“We are dedicated to making the OAAG Awards comprehensive and meaningful in Ontario’s changing visual arts environment.” says Demetra Christakos, OAAG Executive Director. “I’m excited to see that nominations to the 2014 OAAG Awards include ten galleries new to the list from last year.”

OAAG will announce the winners at a ceremony on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

The OAAG Awards are annual, province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence. They recognize the new exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships that have been commissioned by and produced by Ontario’s public art galleries over the previous year.

“The OAAG Awards are a meaningful opportunity to showcase the vitality of the regional public art gallery,” says Virginia Eichhorn, President of the OAAG Board of Directors and Director/Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. “The Awards are highly valued by public art galleries in all regions of the province.”

Christakos adds, “Public art galleries are incredibly engaged with their local communities and this is matched by increased public engagement and participation. We know from the 2013 OAAG Data Exchange that public art gallery attendance has increased by 69% over the past 20 years.”

Awards are presented in nine major categories: Exhibition of the Year, Curatorial and Art Writing, Public Program, Education, Art Publication of the Year, Design, Partnership, Colleague and Volunteer.

This year, the Exhibition Awards have been expanded from four to seven awards. The juries now have the opportunity to recognize both thematic and solo exhibitions in exhibition budget categories of over $20,000 and under $20,000. There is also a new award category for innovation in a collections-based exhibition.

This year, the OAAG Awards ceremony is presented in conjunction with OAAG’s three-day symposium Curating in the Haze of Empires. It will take place from November 4 to 6 at the Gladstone Hotel.

OAAG Awards RSVP or (416) 598-0714
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
4 p.m. Reception, 6 p.m. Ceremony
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

2014 OAAG Awards Nominated Galleries

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto
Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Idea Exchange, Cambridge
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
Museum London
Oakville Galleries
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto
Robert Langen Art Gallery, Waterloo
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, St. Catharines
Station Gallery, Whitby
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent
Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound
University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto

2014 OAAG Awards Sponsors

Gold: Resolution Art Inc., Total Transportation Solutions Inc., Art Toronto, Flash Reproductions, The Globe and Mail
Silver: Canadian Art, Elgin Picture & Frame Inc.
Bronze: Carr McLean, museumpros arts services inc., Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Stephen Bulger Gallery, University of Guelph
Friend: Medcan Clinic
In Kind: Libre, Shaw Festival, Slate Guide

Design Credit: Donderdag


Media Information
Veronica Quach, Assistant Director
(416) 598-0714

Image: Gates of 'Benvenuto'. Pringle and Booth, Gelatin-silver print, 1934. Public domain. Courtesy Toronto Public Library.

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